NEW DELHI: Pakistani celebrities like Fawad Khan, Atif Aslam and Ali Zafar have created waves with their talent in Bollywood, but Indian actors haven't found much space in the Pakistani industry.
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Actor Ahsan Khan, who blames budget constraints for this, says Indian filmdom is "the best thing to have happened" to them. Pakistani actors Mahira Khan with Raees and Saba Qamar with a yet untitled project, will soon be seen debuting for Bollywood.
Ahsan, who is currently a part of the TV show Meri Zindagi Hai Tu for Zindagi channel, is ecstatic about Pakistani actors being widely accepted by the Indian audience.
"I think it is wonderful and one of the best things which could happen to us... People in Pakistan love Bollywood films. We always wanted that our talent also goes to India... I think it is a great move and I feel the kind of appreciation given to Pakistani actors and singers is amazing," Ahsan told IANS.
Ahsan added that they "are touched and humbled that Indian people are loving us and the Indian industry is giving us importance".
The actor, who has been a part of Pakistan's small screen industry for almost a decade, feels that the exchange of this talent should go on because this is the only way that people from both the countries can connect.
He says the Indian film industry is much bigger than the Pakistani film industry. Pakistan has just started with their film industry so, the budget is not as big as that in the Indian film industry.
"It is like Pakistan calling actors from Hollywood or Bollywood but they might not have the kind of budgets yet that would appeal to a lot of actors to come and work over there. I feel the budget right now for films and shows is not that much that they could call mainstream Indian actors. But as soon as our film industry has big budgets, they may start hiring Indian people," the actor added.
Ahsan, who began his acting career with Nikaah, hopes that as soon as the Pakistani industry has bigger budgets, they will start calling in Indian actors.
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With a growing trend of Pakistani actors coming to Bollywood, Ahsan says it is "TV and films that connect Pakistan and India more".
"It is this talent exchange, it is this art and medium that can really get people together," he concluded.